Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Locker Room -

I can­not stress enough upon the play­ers that I in­struct the role of their eyes when putting. The eyes are in­volved in al­most ev­ery facet of putting ex­cept for the ac­tual stroking of the ball, and even then they can have a detri­men­tal ef­fect.

When you ar­rive at the green the eyes need to take in the lie of the land. The more de­tail the eyes pick up the eas­ier it is to pick a line and feel and trust the dis­tance.

In set-up, a drill I use on tour is prac­tis­ing with string­line above the ball, be­tween ball and hole, to not only im­prove the line of the stroke but also to train the eyes to be square to the path and vi­su­alise the line to the hole. Another train­ing aid that im­proves the role of the eyes is a putting mir­ror

Once the eyes have played their ac­tive role in read­ing a green and lin­ing up a putt, they need to take a pas­sive role. Many strokes are ru­ined by ac­tive or busy eyes fol­low­ing the put­ter head or the ball on its way to the hole. Lis­ten for the ball to drop is a good tip to qui­eten the eyes and keep the head still. 3 OTHER DRILLS TO IM­PROVE EYE AWARE­NESS. 1) Prac­tice with your ball on a coin and make sure you see the coin af­ter the ball is struck. 2) Once lined up, turn your head to look at the hole and hit the putt watch­ing the tar­get, Jor­dan Spi­eth. 3) Line up the putt and stroke the ball with your eyes closed. Try to judge the re­sult by what you felt, rather than saw. For­mer stu­dent David How­ell leaves a gap be­tween ball and put­ter in his set up and strokes his putts fo­cus­ing his eyes on the grass be­tween them.

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